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Preston North End 1-0 Reading FC: The Alternative View

A long journey for the Royals players and fans on a miserably wet day, an awful game and the Royals traveled home pointless. Heres how the Social and media worlds reported it.

A week after Steve Clarke got sacked, and with no new manager in sight, the Royals travelled to Lancashire to face a Preston side who surprisingly have one of the best defensive records in the league.

Little to be shocked about then when a Reading team, under the interim management of Martin Kuhl, fell to a 1-0 defeat on a miserable day with a miserable performance with few players coming out with any praise. The goalkeeping situation continues to split the fans and similarly with Vydra, who seems to try hard in spells however those spells are becoming more and more infrequent.

Being realistic then this was about as much as Reading could have hope for and the search for a new manager has never been more important, Wednesday we travel to a dominant Hull side who must fancy on continuing their current good form.

Social verdict

Obviously the Preston North End fans were pretty ecstatic with their team's performance and result, here’s a couple of tweets from the Lilywhites perspective.

Good Results are formed in strong defenses

Not a bad shot really!

The Police commentating on our away strip now!

You say, we say….

C’mon the Simod Cup counts…..


Probably a fair comment


Reading's lack of performance and results are shown with the media coverage of the club. Since I have been doing this article this is probably the worst week that I have seen for a long time with media coverage being next to nothing.

However, looking at what is out there, then we have SkySports who have their usual full round of coverage and looking at the highlights package, it’s not pleasant viewing if you’re a member of the Reading defense or Paul McShane in particular.

The BBC verdict of the game, reckon that Preston should have and could have won by more, and have an interview with Martin Kuhl basically says what every fan is thinking that we can’t get the manager situation sorted fast enough.

A quick look at some of the other outlets and Bond gets a good write up at ClubCall saying he made a few good saves.

The Lancashire Evening Post call Reading managerless, lacklustre and poor, which is probably a fair report on the current form and side. The Basingstoke Gazette have a lite report on the game, and the 72 carry a small report on the twitter reaction after the game. GetReading are a little more direct with some comments, and Charles Watts' video diary is always worth looking checking out.

Unfortunately or happily dependent on your viewpoint that’s all the reports that I can find and as usual check out The Tilehurst End for the latest on both the managers’ search and all things Reading based.

I will be back after the Hull game, praying for a decent performance and some good coverage!